Is the scourge of corruption that has plagued Croatia for years finally coming to a slow end? According to latest data from the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2019 Croatian corruption is falling. Of the 180 countries ranked in the index Croatia came in at 63rd position with 47 points, a drop of three places from 2018.
According to the Corruption Perceptions Index the most transparent countries in 2019 are Denmark and New Zealand with 87 points, Finland with 86, and Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland with 85 points. The most corrupt countries are Syria with 13, South Sudan with 12, and Somalia with only 9 points.
Croatia is still among the most corrupt countries of the European Union, with the exception of, Romania and Hungary with 44 points, and Bulgaria with 43 points. Greece advanced by 3 points and outpaced Croatia by 48 points. The EU average is 64 points, so Croatia is 17 points behind.
Neighbouring countries didn’t do so well in the research, with Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are placed below Croatia. And indeed all falling or remaining at the same level as 2018.
Transparency International Croatia believes that corruption is related to the greed, theft and irresponsible behaviour of individuals. The departure of disappointed citizens from Croatia is a consequence of the poverty of the majority of the population caused by corruption, rather than the desire to quickly acquire wealth in other regulated countries.
"Croatia currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, putting its fight against corruption a priority in its activities, while lagging 17 points below the European Union average and as much as 40 points above Denmark's most transparent member,” commented Davorka Budimir, President of Transparency International Croatia.